Roger and Kimberly Wright are a husband and wife team that accomplishes many things together—including both graduating from Lorain County Community College with associate degrees this May. Next, they plan to continue their education through LCCC’s University Partnership programs.
The Vermilion couple has been married for 27 years and has made education a priority in their family – first for their three children and also for themselves. Roger and Kimberly both work full-time, and have often worked two jobs each in order to provide the best for their family. Their oldest two children have graduated with bachelor’s degrees and their youngest is now a sophomore at a four-year university.
Kimberly, earned her associate of the arts degree and a short term certificate in general business administration (completed in December), with plans to continue studying toward a business degree at Cleveland State University through the University Partnership program, while she continues working.
After taking college courses on and off since the ‘80s, she knew earning a degree was something she always wanted. “I wanted to finish something that I started, which was something we always preached to our kids,” Kimberly said. “If you start it, you have to finish. I wanted to make sure I did this.”
Roger initially chose LCCC for the location, affordability, and the fact he was able to utilize prior learning assessment (PLA) credits (credits earned from previous work experience) from his work experience.
Roger will earn his associate of justice systems in corrections. He plans to continue his education through the University Partnership with Youngstown State with hopes to start a second career in criminal justice after retiring from work in corrections.
“LCCC was a very positive experience for us and that’s why I’m going to keep going through the Partnership,” Roger said.